21 He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22 Because there is nothing hidden now, except to be disclosed later; nor is anything secret now, except to come to light later. 23 Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear; the amount you give out will be the amount you get, and still more will be given you. 25 Because to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
hiding what we hear
Jesus had just told the story of the farmer who planted seeds everywhere. Now he is telling his disciples that they had been the soil, but now they are the farmers. The reason is that the excellent message is too good to hide. Once you receive it, you have to share it.
We live in a generation in which it is thought rude and inconsiderate to share religious truth. Ours is the temptation to do just what Jesus tells us not to do. We will be tempted to keep our religion secret, and, if not secret – at least private. But that is not how the kingdom from the sky works. The excellent message is meant to be passed on to all the fields around us. If we stop passing it on, we lose what we have.
LORD, we have ears to listen. Give us mouths to proclaim, not hiding what we hear.